Anyone who likes the same kinds of music that I do has undoubtedly heard of certain record labels that consistently sign awesome bands. Fat Wreck Chords, Hellcat Records and Side One Dummy have been producing winning albums from (in my opinion) some of the greatest bands to ever pick up instruments.
…but what about some other ones that may not be as well known yet?
In putting together the Ear Infection compilation, I had the privilege with working with alot of really cool people. Two of which were a couple of representatives from Basement Records and Unrepentant Records. I think these labels are really looking for a certain quality of underground sound that you just don’t find too often anymore and I gotta tell you, I couldn’t be happier about it. I think too many labels are just looking for a band that will make them tons of cash, but I think these guys have a certain type of musical following that they are trying to satisfy.
Download the free Ear Infection compilation to get a few songs from cool bands backed by these labels like Fiction Reform (remember the Distillers and Civet?), For Fuck Sake (thrash punk), and Stupid In Stereo (psychobilly). If you like those, then check out the home pages of these labels to find other cool bands too. Right now, Basement Records has a link for a free download of their newest band, Killing California. Definitely worth a listen. Both labels update information on where to find compilations where their artists are featured. I will continue following these guys and watching for more bands that maybe I can help introduce you to.
I also want to extend a huge thank you to both Basement Records and Unrepentant Records for being so very cordial and helpful while I was putting together the compilation. These guys carry themselves with class and were some of the most respectful people I have dealt with. I hope to be able to work with them again in the future.